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Marquette’s COVID-19 Research Initiative: Scholars in Action 


Presented by:

  • Dr. Ed Blumenthal, Associate Dean for Research, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Sandra Hunter, Professor, Exercise Science
  • Dr. Lezlie Knox, Department Chair, History and Associate Professor
  • Dr. Sameena Mulla, Associate Professor, Social and Cultural Sciences

The COVID-19 Research Initiative at Marquette engages faculty, staff, students, and alumni to address the consequences of the pandemic.  Marquette scholars are evaluating how we got here as well as developing strategies to address the pandemic’s impact on our daily lives.  It is perhaps no surprise that the Health Sciences play an important role in this response, but the Research Initiative encompasses all disciplines from the Humanities and Social Sciences, to Law, Engineering, and Education.  This presentation will share information about current interdisciplinary projects, as well as the creative ways research is being shared with the broader community through lightning talks, blogging, and a podcast series.  Join us to learn more about the initiative and how Marquette scholars are making a difference.

More about this session

Dr. Ed Blumenthal is the associate dean for Research in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences as well as associate professor of Biological Sciences, where his research focuses on the developmental genetics of the fruit fly.  He is also currently serving as Marquette’s co-director for the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute.

Dr. Sandra Hunter is a professor in the Exercise Science Department (Department of Physical Therapy) and director of the Athletic and Human Performance Research Center at Marquette University. She was appointed to lead the Marquette COVID-19 Research Initiative in March 2020. Dr. Hunter’s research program focuses on studying the benefits of exercise across all ages and abilities, including old adults and clinical populations such as people with diabetes and stroke. Her research program has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2004 to understand the causes of age and sex differences in exercise fatigue and the protective effects of exercise. Dr. Hunter was recipient of a Marquette University Teaching award in 2014 and the Nora Finnigan Werra Faculty Achievement Award (Association of Marquette University Women Alumni) in 2016.

Dr. Lezlie Knox is associate professor of History and chair of the department. Her research focuses on the social and cultural dimensions of religious movements in later medieval Italy. She has published two books on women affiliated with the Franciscan Order, and she also has a particular interest in historical pandemics and how new research in ancient DNA and paleoclimates impacts our understanding of the persistence of plague.

Dr. Sameena Mulla, Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences, is a legal and medical anthropologist. Her research examines the roles of medical and legal personnel in interventions working with survivors of gender-based violence. She is the 2017 recipient of the Margaret Mead Award in recognition of her contributions to public anthropology, and the author of The Violence of Care: Rape Victims, Forensic Nurses, and Sexual Assault Intervention.